- Resume Preparation
- Reporting Grades, Class Rank and Honors
- Determining Your Eligibility to Interview with Employers
- Researching Employers
- Preferencing Employers with Whom You Wish to Interview
- Submission of Registration Forms
- Interview Schedules
- Official Mode of Communication for On-Campus Interview Program
- Changes/ Additions to the Interview Program
Those who participate in Chicago-Kent's Fall Recruiting Program are expected to be aware of and to follow all procedures and rules as described. In order to ensure fair and ethical legal hiring practices, NALP has instituted principles and standards that schools, students and employers are expected to follow. Please review the following prior to participation in the Fall Interview Program: NALP Principles for Candidates, NALP Timing of Offers, and Student Professionalism During Interview Season.
Students should also refer to the rules and ethics code in the student handbook.
Any student planning to participate in the fall on-campus program for the first time must have his/her resume reviewed by a CSO Career Advisor. If you have previously had your resume reviewed for another purpose, you can submit your resume by email to your assigned Career Advisor. If you have never had a CSO Career Advisor review your resume you must make an appointment. Please use Symplicity to schedule an appointment with your Career Advisor. OCI resume reviews end at noon on Friday, July 1, 2016.
Information on your resume must be absolutely accurate. It is not the responsibility of the CSO to verify students' academic credentials and inform students of errors.
GPA and CLASS RANK:
You MUST INCLUDE your GPA and class rank on your Fall Recruiting resume. You must use the exact GPA and class rank calculated by the registrar's office. Do not try to determine your own GPA and class rank. Use your GPA and class rank as of the completion of the Spring 2016 term. You should always indicate that your GPA is determined out of a 4.0 scale (i.e., 3.147/4.0).
You must not compute your GPA to include your Summer 2016 grades. If you wish to indicate your Summer 2016 GPA on your resume, you must do so on a separate line.
Do not round up your GPA: For example, a 3.147 may be listed as 3.14/4.0 or 3.147/4.0, but not as 3.15.
Calculating your class rank percentile: When calculating your class rank percentile (i.e. Top 10%), divide your numerical rank by the number of students in your class (this number must be the official number provided by the registrar's office) and convert to a percentile.
You may state your percentile on your resume in one of two ways:
1) State your rank percentile exactly: For example, 32/299 = .1070 or Top 10.7%.
2) Round your rank percentile up or down based on the following formula. If your rank percentile falls between the whole number and .4999 you may round down (.2500 through .25499 = Top 25% of class). If your rank falls above the whole number at .5 or greater, you may round up (.2550 > = Top 26% of Class). In the example in #1 above, if rounded, 10.70 would be Top 11%.
If you have just accepted membership on Law Review or in the Moot Court Honor Society or have served less than two academic terms, you must qualify the membership statement on your resume with the phrase "as of (date of admittance)." Ex: Chicago-Kent Law Review, member as of August 2016.
If you served on Law Review or the Moot Court Honor Society but are not enrolled this semester, you must qualify your membership with the period served. Example: Chicago-Kent Law Review, 2014-2015.
If you were invited to join the Law Review or Moot Court Honor Society and declined the invitation, but want to show you received an invitation, your statement should read as follows: "Invited to join Moot Court Honor Society, respectfully declined invitation."
If you have been on the Dean's List, you must qualify the statement on your resume with the semester(s) you achieved this honor unless you achieved Dean's List all eligible semesters (i.e. Dean's list, 2 of 3 semesters; or Dean's List, Fall 2014, Fall 2015 & Spring 2016).
Other honors that you may wish to include, such as merit scholarships, CALI awards for highest grade in the class, etc. should also be qualified with a semester or academic year (i.e. Spring 2015 or 2014-2015).
NOTE: Discrepancies in information on resumes submitted to or through the CSO, which are either found by CSO staff or brought to their attention, will be investigated as possible Ethics Code violations.
All employers participating in the Fall Recruiting Program OCIs have indicated their required academic hiring criteria (e.g., top 10% of class, law review, technical background, etc.). In order to bid on an interview with a particular employer, you must fall within the employer's required class rank and other required hiring criteria. Employers expect that we match their exact hiring criteria when scheduling. Therefore, if an employer requires Top 15% and you are ranked at 16%, unfortunately, you may not bid for an interview with that employer. Any student not within an employer's exact required hiring criteria will be removed from the bidding process for that employer.
We do strongly encourage employers to consider other students who fall within 10% points of their hiring criteria. Students who do not meet the required hiring criteria for certain employers but who are within 10% of the employer's "required" class rank should prepare a list of those employers. This list should include your name, GPA and class rank at the top of the page, and you should list those employers you are interested in submitting a resume to but for whom you fall just outside of the hiring criteria (within 10%). You must submit this list to the CSO by noon on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Our office will forward employers the resumes of these students who are within 10% of the required hiring criteria.
Also, students who are just outside an employer's hiring criteria should consider writing a persuasive cover letter to the hiring partner or recruiter and sending it directly to the firm along with a resume. In the cover letter, students should assert their skills, background, qualifications, etc., and ask to be added to the firm's interview schedule. We have had several students find success with this option and not only get added to an interview schedule, but actually get the job.
Please Note: If an employer's hiring criteria is listed as "preferred," it indicates that the employer will typically hire from within this class rank or just outside of it. Students should be realistic in their bidding selections. If an employer lists a class rank as "preferred" criteria, students may bid on that employer if they are within 10% of the preferred hiring criteria. Any student not within 10% of an employer's "preferred" class rank will be removed from the bidding process for that employer.
Many employers also list preferred hiring criteria such as moot court and/or law review. Look at these criteria carefully as they will give you an idea of preferred characteristics for summer associates. We strongly encourage you to carefully consider these suggested criteria and plan your preferences accordingly.
In addition to verifying your eligibility to bid on an employer, you should also be researching the employers you're interested in to verify that they have the type of practice you seek. It would not be to your benefit to interview with a litigation boutique if you wish to practice corporate transactional law. Don't waste your bids by being uninformed.
For more information on research techniques and resources, see the section on researching employers.
Once you have determined which employers you are interested in and are eligible to bid for an interview with, you will need to rank those employers beginning with the one you most want to interview with to your lowest preferred employer. The bidding process for interviews with on-campus employers will occur online. Specific instructions for this process will be distributed at the Fall Recruiting Program on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.
The Symplicity system will take into account the bid, or ranking, given to an on-campus employer as it fills that employer's interview schedule. It also checks the interview time slots against a student's work and class schedule and will not schedule an interview during those times.
Students are prohibited from interviewing during scheduled class times and must include their class conflicts in the Symplicity system. In order to do this, students should click on the "OCI" tab and then click the "Class Schedules/Conflicts" tab. Select timeslots for days/times in which you are unable to interview due to class conflicts. You must click Submit button before leaving this screen for your new exceptions to be saved. Note that any exception (i.e., work conflict or personal event) you enter here or in the Calendar section decreases your chances of getting an interview. Please enter conflicts for all days employers you are bidding on are scheduled to be on campus.
If you preference an employer as your number one choice, and there is not a class or work schedule conflict, you are not guaranteed an interview with that employer. Whether or not you receive an interview depends on how many other students preferenced that employer as their number one choice and how many interview slots an employer has available. If the number of students preferencing the employer as number one is greater than the number of interview slots, then the computer will conduct a random selection among students who have chosen the employer as number one. Others who have bid but do not receive an interview will be wait-listed. The employers will also receive the resumes of all students who met the hiring criteria and who preferenced them regardless of whether or not the student received an interview.
If you cannot interview on a particular day (e.g., out-of-town, religious holiday, doctor's appointment, etc.), and you want your resume to be sent to the firm and you fit the employer's required hiring criteria, you may want to write the firm directly, outlining the reasons that you are unable to meet with the recruiter on its scheduled interview date and requesting an in-office interview.
Make your selections carefully; you will be expected to abide by them. See the Interviewing Section for consequences for missed interviews.
Make sure a copy of your approved resume is uploaded onto the Symplicity system by noon on Friday, July 1, 2016. Please note that for some Resume Collect employers and Direct Contact employers there may be early or late deadlines, and these employers will be given separate sessions in Symplicity. Also, with some OCI and Resume Collect employers, you will need to upload additional documents such as a cover letter, unofficial transcript, writing sample, references, or recommendation letters. In order to submit a transcript, you will need to create an unofficial transcript (using a Word document) listing your classes and grades. Click here for example format for unofficial transcript. You should then be able to upload the Word document to the system and submit it for this position. Cover letters, writing samples, and reference lists can be uploaded from a Word document to the system.
In addition to the online submissions, you must also submit the following hardcopy materials to the CSO, room 360, by noon on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. We cannot accept late forms as scheduling will be done immediately after forms are submitted.
- Student Registration Form
- Employers/Bidding Printout — print out screen shots of BOTH On-Campus Interview bids and Resume Collect bids from Symplicity
- One (1) hard copy of resume
- Printout of Class Conflicts --- print out a screenshot of the week of class conflicts you entered into Symplicity
- A list of OCI employers you are interested in submitting a resume to but whose hiring criteria you are just outside of (Note: you must be within 10% of the required rank). Please include your name, GPA and Class Rank at the top of the list. For each employer on the list, you must print out a copy of your resume (it doesn't need to be on resume paper) and write the name of the employer on the back of the resume. We will forward these resumes to the employers that are coming on-campus to interview and encourage them to either add students to their schedule or contact students directly, if interested in setting up an interview.
Photocopy all forms for your records.
You must thoroughly and accurately enter your class schedule into the Symplicity system for every day that you are requesting an interview from August 8 - October 31 so that the computer will not schedule your interviews at times when you are in class.
Interviews are generally scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday with a noon to 1:00 p.m. lunch break. A few employers have requested half-day schedules. Interviews are generally 20 or 30 minutes long, though some are longer, depending upon the employer's preference.
Once this information is given to us, it cannot be changed after noon on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
Your personal interview schedule for preferenced employers will be available for viewing online by August 5, 2016. Hard copies of interview schedules will not be distributed; you must view your schedule online, and are responsible for knowing your schedule! If you do not show for an interview, you may risk forfeiting all of your interviews. Please note that interview schedules are subject to change up to 24 hours before the interview date. You are responsible for checking your interview schedule on Symplicity.
If you are selected for an interview with a Joint OCI employer, we will notify you by e-mail of your interview time approximately one week before the interview.
Resume Collect employers will most likely contact you directly to schedule interviews at their offices. In the rare case that a Resume Collect employer asks the CSO to assist in arranging interviews, we will e-mail you. Read your email daily!
If you are not scheduled for an interview with an employer in whom you are very interested, you may write to that employer directly for an interview. If the employer is willing to interview you on-campus, the recruiter must indicate in writing or by phone to the CSO that it will add you to its schedule at the beginning or end of the day, or during the lunch break.
The official means of communication during fall interviewing is your Kentlaw email address. You should check your email daily for communications from our office. We will not call you with changes or updates (this includes interview time changes and additional or canceled interviews).
Additions and changes to the interview program will be announced in The Record and updated on Symplicity. Sometimes unforeseen circumstances require that an employer change their interviewer or room assignment. Therefore, you must check your email daily.